The Diamantina Shire prides itself in providing the community with an accessible road network.
When driving on outback roads be sure to drive to road conditions and watch out for wandering stock and wildlife.
Visitors should carry appropriate means of communication and be aware that mobile coverage is very limited in the shire. When travelling in the region we strongly suggest carrying at least two spare tyres and adequate drinking water.
If you do break-down please stay with your vehicle.
Stay On Track Outback is a road safety initiative of the Queensland Police Service and has all the links and info you need to prepare for your Outback adventure.
Whether you are exploring remote areas in Australia for fun or taking an important business trip, having domestic travel insurance behind you can often mean an easy and assuring experience.
A little bit of preparation goes a long way in the Outback – ensure you have a good map and plan ahead. It’s a good idea to calculate travel times and distances between stops, even preparing alternative routes.
Contact the Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre (07 4564 2000) or visit the Diamantina Shire Tourism website http://www.thediamantina.com.au/road-conditions for the latest road conditions.
Stay in Contact
If you’re travelling remotely it’s always a good idea to let someone know where you’re going, and when you plan to get there.
If you are a member of a ‘caravanning convoy’, don’t travel too close together. Other road users will become frustrated if they are unable to overtake safely. The law requires caravans and other large vehicles, outside a built-up area, leave at least 60 m between each other.
Single Lane Driving/ Heavy Vehicles/Road Trains
When meeting road trains and heavy vehicles on single lane roads, slow right down and move off the road to the left. If it is safe to do so, move off the road entirely and stop to avoid driving into any obstacles on the verge. In wet conditions road verges tend to be soft and/or slippery, so when pulling off to the left you should always keep your right wheels on the bitumen and keep moving slowly to avoid getting bogged.
Depending on how you drive, you can be a welcome visitor or someone who causes careless damage to roads and wildlife. Follow these tips for low impact driving:
Stay on existing roads and tracks.
Give way to animals. Parks and forests are for their protection.
If you get stuck, try not to use trees for winching. If you have no choice, use tree protectors.
Wash your vehicle thoroughly before and after trips to prevent the spread
Water crossings are not recommended and should not be attempted if you are uncertain of your vehicle’s capabilities. Walk through the crossing first – test the depth and current and try to detect any underwater obstacles by using your feet or a stick. Engage Low 4×4 and drive through in second or third gear, keeping the momentum up.
More Travellers’ Tips have been compiled to assist you in ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey on the Outback Queensland page or read our local mechanic Peter Barnes travel tips.